With only two weeks left before the Canberra Latin Dance Festival (CLDF) rocks our world, we’ve been thinking about why you absolutely have to come along this year. Aside from the world-class workshops, jaw-dropping shows, and ‘can’t stop dancing’ parties that will have you, like we said, dancing non-stop all weekend long, we have some special treats for you this year that you simply don’t want to miss.
In fact, here are ten reasons why you definitely want to get your dancing shoes to the festival this year.
1. All under the one roof at a new venue that will blow your mind.
We have an amazing new venue for this year’s festival that will blow your mind. Just take a look at the foyer below. Super fancy, right? It’ll be the first time in Australia that a Latin dance festival will have a New York flavour and be held in a five-star hotel. You’ll get to mingle with all the other dancers for the whole weekend without having to leave the comfort of your hotel! And when your feet get tired, simply sneak up to your room and take a nap or shower and reset. Now that’s what we call priceless.
2. A professional re-enactment of a dance scene from Grease. Go Grease lightning!
Last year we had Dirty Dancing, this year Grease is the word. Get ready to shape up and move it with the T-Birds and Pink Ladies on Saturday night’s finale. If Grease is the one that you want, you will want to be there to witness a professional re-enactment of a dance scene from the movie… maybe even this one! You’ll have to be there to find out.
3. Three international guests will be wowing us with their moves and dancing with you at the parties!
This year we have three fabulous international guests performing, teaching, and dancing with us for the festival. We have world champion choreographer and dancer, Omar Munoz with his dance partner, Greysa Baez, from the USA; Dahlia Elkateb from Brazilian Fantasy in the UK; and Carlos Redondo from Spain.
Not only will you experience the expertise and precision of national, international and local teachers, you’ll also get to learn from these international sensations. What’s even better is that you’ll be able to ask them directly how they did that tricky and impressive move that you want to get right. No need to fly overseas to learn from them. They’ll be right here for you!
3. Be spoilt for choice with 35 different workshops to choose from.
Spread out over the weekend are 35 different workshops to choose from including Salsa, Bachata, Zouk, Samba, Reggaeton, Mambo, Dancehall, and Cha Cha. Learn from the best and then practice your moves at the dance parties later that night with the new people you’ve met at the workshops. Even if you are an experienced dancer still take this once in a lifetime opportunity to learn and interact directly with world-class dancers and instructors.
4. The best DJ’s in Australia to dance to All. Night. Long.
We’ve picked out the best DJs from around Australia to have you dancing until the early hours of the morning. Whatever your dancing desire, we have the music for you across two dance rooms. Enough said.
5. Professional shows to inspire you each night.
Before the dance parties are the professional shows that feature local and national performance teams that have worked long and hard to bring you routines that will dazzle, excite, and leave you with a big smile plastered on your face. You’ll get to witness our international guests do their thing. Plus there’ll be performances during the lunch break on Saturday to keep you inspired all the way through the weekend.
6. Not one but TWO party rooms to choose from.
OK, so we already hinted at this when we mentioned the DJs but seriously this one deserves its own spot. After the professional shows begin the dance parties! We have a Salsa, Bachata and Cha Cha room and a Zouk, Graferria and Kizomba room that you can move between every night of the festival. Show off your new moves that you’ve learnt during the workshops and dance with lots of new people.
7. A real Brazilian Carnaval Parade to experience with two world-class dancers leading the way.
Wrap up the phenomenal festival with a fully costumed Brazilian Carnaval Parade led by Sashya from Sydney’s Rhythm Brazil and Dahlia from the UK’s Brazilian Fantasy. Really shake your tail feather while wearing feathers and experience a bit of Rio right here in Canberra.
8. The best after party in the whole entire universe at the Highball Express!
Yep, that’s right! The best after party in the entire universe is coming! These parties are legendary and what happens at the CLDF after party stays at the after party. This year it will be held at the famous Highball Express with international DJ Rafael Rojas. Yay for Pina Coladas on tap too!
9. A great night out dancing with friends… and making new ones.
Who doesn’t love a night out dancing with friends, especially when it’s at a festival filled with all the types of dancing that you love and among great teachers and community that you know? Then there are all the new ones from other schools, states, and countries that you’ll make too. Become an even better dancer by dancing with new people.
10. Canberra’s one and only Latin festival to enjoy.
The one and only Latin festival created and run in Canberra. Support your local dance community and enjoy the only world-class festival of its kind in the nation’s capital. No other reason needed really.
It doesn’t get much better than that! If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, now is the time to do it. We can’t wait to see you there! Buy your ticket here.